BoatSafe
 

The BoatSafe program management documents have been reviewed (1 September 2020) to provide a clearer framework for the BoatSafe trainers and outline MSQ's expectations for how our new boaties are being assessed as competent skippers.

 

To support this focus, we want to ensure every student understands what is expected of them when attending a BoatSafe course. The following key points is what a typical boat course includes:

  • Online or face to face theory training 

  • 50 question multiple choice theory assessment (45mins to complete) 100% pass requirement

  • Practical training driving the boat (until you are competent in all tasks)

  • Practical assessment – you must successfully complete all tasks to be deemed competent

 

We encourage you to practice driving a boat with another licenced skipper before arriving at a BoatSafe course - you may not be competent in driving the boat in just one day.

 

The BoatSafe trainers in most cases will offer training sessions if you don't have friends or family with boats that you can practice on. These training sessions should be used in the same way that new car driver would engage with a car driving instructor.

 

For a typical PWC course it will include:

  • Online or face to face theory training

  • Multiple choice theory assessment (45mins to complete) 100% pass mark

  • Practical training driving the PWC (until you are competent in all tasks)

  • Practical assessment – you must successfully complete all tasks to be deemed competent

 

As we do with the boat training, we encourage you to practice riding a PWC with another licenced skipper or with a BoatSafe Trainer – you may not be competent in riding a PWC in just a few hours.

 

Some of the activities you should practice for both the PWC and Boat are:

  • Man overboard drill

  • Safely approach a floating object

  • Port and starboard turn on and off the plane

  • Figure 8 manoeuvre on and off the plane

  • Berthing and unberthing  

  • General navigation and control of the ship/PWC

  • Operate at 6 knots or less

 

Practical Assessment – Recreational Marine Driver Licence

The following video demonstrates some of the practical activities you will be required to undertake during your BoatSafe course. 

RMDL prac.PNG